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Michael Olivier Named Eugene J. Schreiber Award Recipient




Olivier will be honored during Louisiana International Trade Week, November 5-8


New Orleans, LA, August 27, 2019 – Longtime champion of international trade and economic development for the State of Louisiana, Michael Olivier, CEO of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. has been named the 2019 Eugene J. Schreiber Award recipient for his significant contributions and work in promoting Louisiana and its industries.


Prior to his work with the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, a business roundtable comprised of the CEOs of private sector companies statewide, Mr. Olivier served as Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development (LED) from 2004-2008. His work as Secretary of LED lead Louisiana to be named “State of the Year” for the first time by Southern Business and Development magazine.


“As a longtime friend and colleague of Gene Schrieber, it is a very special honor to receive this recognition in his name,"said Olivier."My interest in international trade and development goes back to my work at the University of Louisiana Lafayette where I started my career as Dean of International Students. In the years since, I’ve conducted multiple trade and development missions to over 50 countries, managed the Mississippi Gulf Coast Foreign Trade Zone #92 and served as Secretary of Economic Development for the State of Louisiana.”


The Eugene J. Schreiber award, formed in memory of the late Eugene “Gene” Schreiber, is presented to an individual who embodies exceptional knowledge and leadership in promoting international trade policy for the State of Louisiana. Schreiber served the World Trade Center and the Louisiana community for over 30 years.

Olivier currently serves on the Louisiana Board of International Commerce and the Restore Louisiana Task Force appointed by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. He has been president of theSouthern Economic Development Council, a ten-year board member and officer of the American Economic Development Council and a board member of the World Trade Center New Orleans. Olivier has been recognized by the International Economic Development

Council with its three highest honors including Fellow Member, Honorary Life Member and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development.



Previous recipients of the Eugene J. Schreiber Award include former Senator Mary Landrieu, former Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. MD, Hon. James Coleman, Jr. CBE, past president of the Port of New Orleans Gary LaGrange, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana Paul Aucoin and Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development Don Pierson.

According to Thomas Spiers, Chairman of the Board of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, "Michael has been a beacon for Louisiana's international trade and diplomacy development, and has been at the forefront of establishing trade policies and conducting missions to promote Louisiana businesses across the world for over 30 years. He encompasses every aspect of the award's qualifications and is someone who had worked closely with Gene Schreiber to advance the mission of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. We are excited to recognize him for a career of promoting international trade policy for the benefit of the State of Louisiana, a distinction well deserved.”

Mr. Olivier will be honored during Louisiana International Trade Week which kicks-off November 5th in Baton Rouge with events planned in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Week-long activities include an opening reception, industry panel sessions and awards. Trade Week will conclude with the World Trade Center of New Orleans Gala, a black-tie fundraiser event, at Harrah’s Casino Theater on November 9th.


Ticket information and sponsorship opportunities are available online at or by contacting Meaghan McCormack at (504) 619-9837 or


About the World Trade Center of New Orleans:

Founded as the International House in 1943 and as the International Trade Mart in 1945, these two predecessor organizations merged in 1985 and are now known as “The World Trade Center of New Orleans”; it is the oldest of over 300 World Trade Centers in over 100 countries. Notably, the World Trade Center of New Orleans spearheaded the establishment of Louisiana Tax Free Shopping in 1989, the first U.S. state to introduce such a program for international visitors, which has been used by more than 600,000 international customers and recorded over $500 million in tax-free sales.



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